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She built a very successful company with uncommon business acumen.
  uncommon ability to make good decisions
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  • She built a very successful company with uncommon business acumen.
  • With her customary acumen, she brought the new division to profitability within a year.
  • ...its discovery depends, not at all upon the acumen, but altogether upon the mere care, patience, and determination of the seekers;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • After all the men had taken a swallow, and properly praised Two-Tone’s inventive initiative and Bill’s mechanical acumen, Randy said, "Of course it’s still a little raw."
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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  • In the hundreds of thousands of games that these spectators had seen in their collective lives, few had ever seen a catcher—even in the pros—with the baseball acumen and presence of mind to shadow the runner down the first base line.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The Parisian police, so much extolled for acumen, are cunning, but no more.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • He had founded the company after a year in college, with no particular business acumen or measurable goals.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • With commendable and rather surprising acumen, the senior man had identified me as the probable originator of the message; but this only led to the posing of a new and even more disturbing mystery, since no one could be found who would admit to having authorized me to go to Tierra del Fuego in the first place.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I’ve instructed Liv to bring all her selling acumen and brinkmanship to bear on this, as I need every last dollar to carry through my other aims.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Giggling at my acumen, she rolled her eyes and said, "Git on!"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • LUMA SEEMED TO have the auditory acumen of a rabbit, and the capability of hearing foul language, even spoken sotto voce, from a field’s length away.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • For a man who was never in the country, and who did not evidently do much in the way of business, his knowledge and acumen were wonderful.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But when St. John had mused a few moments he recommenced as imperturbably and with as much acumen as ever.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The idea of traipsing around Europe, unless, of course, you were retired and had your capital out in good securities, would be to Will a craziness that would make the pig plan a marvel of business acumen.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Cedric thinks, as he crushes the empty Tropicana container, that he’s always had a natural acumen for these sorts of calculations.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • When they went down, uncle Pullet observed, with some acumen, that he reckoned the missis had been showing her bonnet,—that was what had made them so long upstairs.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He lacked the grace and acumen to despise only the blacks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Long used to contending for himself, and having come by effort as well as results to know that he was above the average in acumen and commercial ability, he was inclined at times to be a bit intolerant of those who were not.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • what the onslaught of Iranian students did assimilate was a realization that the people could have a voice in determining their form of government, and it was this growth in political acumen that eventually brought about the shah’s downfall.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Universally that person’s acumen is esteemed very little perceptive concerning whatsoever matters are being held as most profitably by mortals with sapience endowed to be studied who is ignorant of that which the most in doctrine erudite and certainly by reason of that in them high mind’s ornament deserving of veneration constantly maintain when by general consent they affirm that other circumstances being equal by no exterior splendour is the prosperity of a nation more efficaciously…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • While Phillis has the business acumen, Douglas is the socialite.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Real estate acumen does not always extend across universes.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • And then he scoffed at the other sanatoriums in town and sarcastically praised the business acumen of their owners.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • This way, they may witness for themselves how brightly his own flash and the inordinate acumen with which they shine.
    Alaa Al Aswany  --  The Kitchen Boy
  • J. T. once showed his ledgers to the board of directors to prove, as if proof were needed, the extent of his business acumen.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The next day, Lourdes works extraconscientiously, determined to prove to herself that her business acumen, at least, is intact.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • When the man mentioned that he had not appeared before the Supreme Court for more than thirty years, Tappan said no one doubted his legal acumen or skills of oratory.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • No one topped Chicago in terms of business drive and acumen, but within the city’s upper echelons there was a veiled anxiety that the city in its commercial advance may indeed have failed to cultivate the finer traits of man and woman.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Look what he’s done with his skills and his political acumen! I have been urging him to take the role of consultant in Haiti and spend most of his time on worldwide projects."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But there are countless other reasons why the judges’ mood and their legal acumen in the case can be altered, and efforts to obtain the second acquittal must therefore be suited to the new conditions, and generally just as vigorous as the first."
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension praeternatural.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • He claimed he did not, and most people assumed this was the case, that the monetization of Ty’s innovations came from the other two Wise Men, those with the experience and business acumen to make it happen.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But this view seemed to underestimate Swaney’s political acumen.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • In draughts, on the contrary, where the moves are unique and have but little variation, the probabilities of inadvertence are diminished, and the mere attention being left comparatively unemployed, what advantages are obtained by either party are obtained by superior acumen.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • She could have informed you that there was such a word as "polygamy," and being also acquainted with "polysyllable," she had deduced the conclusion that "poly" mean "many"; but she had had no idea that gypsies were not well supplied with groceries, and her thoughts generally were the oddest mixture of clear-eyed acumen and blind dreams.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Mr. Rochester had sometimes read my unspoken thoughts with an acumen to me incomprehensible: in the present instance he took no notice of my abrupt vocal response; but he smiled at me with a certain smile he had of his own, and which he used but on rare occasions.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But I had not been in the least dismayed by the fact that these coolie wages were dispensed by one of the most powerful and wealthy publishers in the world; young and resilient, I approached my job—at least at the very beginning—with a sense of lofty purpose; and besides, in compensation, the work bore intimations of glamour: lunch at "21," dinner with John O’Hara, poised and brilliant but carnal-minded lady writers melting at my editorial acumen, and so on.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The wild disorder of the room; the corpse thrust, with the head downward, up the chimney; the frightful mutilation of the body of the old lady; these considerations, with those just mentioned, and others which I need not mention, have sufficed to paralyze the powers, by putting completely at fault the boasted acumen, of the government agents.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Little Hans Castorp had often studied it, not with any artistic acumen of course, but with a certain more general, even penetrating understanding; and although he had only once seen his grandfather in real life in the fashion pictured there on canvas—just for a brief moment as part of a dignified procession into the town hall—he could not help, as we have said, regarding this pictorial presence as his authentic and real grandfather, seeing in the everyday one a temporary, imperfectly…
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • As wife and mother of his children, I appreciate John Rimbauer’s business acumen, the wealth he has accumulated, and I avoid, as much as possible, contradicting him in this regard or offering unsolicited advice; this, despite the fact that I do not hold the man himself in much regard.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • With all respect for your natural acumen, I do not think that you are quite a match for the worthy doctor.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • The skipper openly admired his guest’s acumen, stiffened himself to make indignant denial, then gracefully surrendered.
    London, Jack  --  South Sea Tales
  • For a man who was never in the country, and who did not evidently do much in the way of business, his knowledge and acumen were wonderful.
    Stoker, Bram  --  Dracula
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Associated words [difficulty]:   acumen [6] , acuity [7] , acute [2] , acuity [7]
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